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Home Again, Again

Back from Denvention, and this time I get to stay home for a while.

Worldcon is always one of the highlights of my year. (I am still sorry I missed Japan last summer). This one had some problems, admittedly. We were scattered over seven different hotels spread out across most of downtown Denver, we had to share the cavernous convention center with several other conventions, the con was way too early (worldcons should be held on Labor Day weekend, the traditional date, not the first weekend of bloody August), and the party hotel (the Sheraton) really sucked. Even so, I had a great time. Hey, it was worldcon. There are good worldcons and not-so-good worldcons, but the worst worldcon is still great.

For me, the highlight of the weekend was getting to go up and accept Michael Chabon's Hugo for THE YIDDISH POLICEMAN'S UNION. A great book, and a great honor, and the comments Michael made in the acceptance speech he sent me were very gracious. Calling him afterward to tell him that he'd won was also great. He really did not expect it; his surprise and delight were palpable, even across a couple of thousand miles.

Melbourne won the right to host the 2010 worldcon (not unexpectedly, since they had no competition), so for all my Australian readers who have been emailing me to come visit Down Under, please circle the dates on your calendars. The Aussies always give great con. Visit the Aussiecon IV website and sign up now; memberships will never be cheaper than they are today.

We had a great time -- and a good crowd -- at the Wild Cards panel as well. At my reading, I read the first third of "The Mystery Knight," my new Dunk & Egg novella, and that seemed to go over well. Did the usual round of power breakfasts, editorial lunches, and publisher dinners, had lots of good meetings on lots of projects... and, of course, there were the parties. As usual, the Brotherhood Without Banners threw the best parties at the cons. My thanks to Stego, Mr & Mrs X, Kate, Queen Julie the First, Yags, Skylark, Daj, Vanessa, and the rest of the crew, and my congratulations to the new Knights of the Tomato Pie. And a shout out to Pod and Lodey, who were missed.

Only one more trip this year (Calgary, for the World Fantasy Convention), so for all you folks who are worried that I'm having too much fun, relax. My assistant Ty is getting the grindstone back up to speed, and I am about to press my nose to it once more.


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Aug. 15th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
AussieCon details
here's the url:

their GOH will be Kim Stanley Robinson

Looking forward to seeing how the Aussie Bros throw a party.

If there's some Bros who are going to AussieCon, let's see if we can organize a day out at a wildlife park to meet some wombats. Wombats good.
Aug. 15th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Re: AussieCon details
This is tempting as my aunt lives in Melbourne. As with all things, it depends on money.

A Wombat Winter Worldcon sounds like fun :-)
Aug. 16th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
Re: AussieCon details
Here's a wombat for you Parris!

It was great to meet you guys over the week at the Con. Looking forward to seeing you again in Melbourne. It is possible that the Melbourne con will be on when the Bombers have a game in town so that might have to be put on the agenda as well!
Re: AussieCon details - stegoking - Aug. 16th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: AussieCon details - xraytheenforcer - Aug. 16th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 15th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you had a great time!
These Worldcons sound so fun, one of these years I might have to go to one.

Can't wait to read more updates about your exciting projects!
Aug. 15th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Hi George!
This is Kat, the one with the buttons and who you sat next to at dinner on Friday. It was good to see you in Denver. I know it's planning far in advance, but do you have plans to go to WFC in 2009 in San Jose? The BWB (BWM?) Norcal (including Lodey) would surely throw you a great party.
Aug. 16th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
Hello, this is the tall girl who harassed you after the Dunk & Egg reading. Thanks for the handshake, autograph, and good humor in the face of undiluted fangirlness...

I'm glad you liked the con - at least it was fairly close to home! I really enjoyed your reading. The acoustics of the space were bad, but you're a talented storyteller!
Aug. 16th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
sorry i missed you all
hey george, et al, it's lyanna wolfgirl/lia - i was at torcon way back when (i wore that white dress and blue rose crown for the talent contest :) and had so much fun meeting you then! sounds like you guys had a blast as always... glad you enjoyed and i'm sending you good-luck writing blessings, george! ;)
Aug. 16th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
It was great seeing you again in Denver. I've just had WC #1 delivered so I will be starting from the beginning. #2 & #3 are on their way! Great Panel btw. I had no idea what the series was about and I'm really looking forward to it. Cheers!
Aug. 17th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Concerning the timing...
It might be the organizers of Denvention wanted to give the Democratic National Convention (Aug. 25-28) a wide berth. I'm sure its already filling hotels this weekend and people may linger through labor day weekend as well.
Aug. 17th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
I didn't get to go to the con unfortunately, and that makes me a sad panda, but I'm surprised that the Sheraton you stayed at wasn't very good! I stayed in one in Pheonix when I attended Bondurant School for driving, and my Uncle was paying, which meant we stayed in lavish accommodations for the most part. We stayed at a Sheraton resort, which may have been the difference, but it was all very elegant and southwestern. I changed the look of the place around a bit to fit what I'd imagine a Dornish keep to look like. That made the trip much more memorable! Glad you had a great time, I'm trying to make it up to Montreal to see a friend and go to the con to meet you with him, but money will be an issue, and probably an unavoidable hurdle. Cheers!
Aug. 18th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
Denvention hotels
I didn't stay at the Sheraton. I was at the Hyatt Regency, which had its own problems, but was overall a much nicer hotel than the Sheraton. The two Sheratons were the party hotels, however, and neither one had functioning air conditioning.
Re: Denvention hotels - mijndraken - Aug. 18th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 18th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
I stayed at a Sheraton once, and was stuck in the elevator with some guy peeing on the floor :/ No air conditioning can make things uncomfortable.
Aug. 20th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Coming To Calgary!! Awesome!!!
Are you doing any special readings or giving a long awaited **Anouncement** possibly at the Convention :) . I live in Calgary myself and would definately make a trip down to the convention if you have a booth setup or something like that. Can't give up the opportunity to get the autographs of 2 of my favorite authors. Tad Williams who is also there, being the other.
Aug. 21st, 2008 10:20 am (UTC)
Hi, I was the French girl sitting almost in front of you at the dinner on Friday evening. It was very nice to meet you even if I couldn't take part in the Quest and missed the Wild Card panel. Thanks for the reading and everything, I hope I can make it for Montréal next year.
Aug. 23rd, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)
Hey Dunhallym, it's not good enough just to create an LJ to comment on GRRM's blog. Now you have to join the BwB LJ group! We have cookies! :-)
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